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Watching your child with special needs struggle in school can be stressful.

Do you worry about your child’s academic progress, social or communication issues, or emotional or behavioral health? It’s okay to feel this way. Many parents do.

There are steps you can take. The first is to work with the school to see if your child would benefit from special education services.

Special education gives students with special needs a chance to get an education in a way that helps them do their best in school. Before a school can agree to place your child in special education, the school must make sure that your child qualifies for services and that special education would be helpful to your child.

The Special Education Guide will help you:

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Find out if your child qualifies

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See which tests and evaluations are needed

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Resolve a disagreement with the school

Of course, we can’t promise that your child will get special education services. But the Special Education Eligibility Guide can help you see if your child is eligible for services, and if so, what steps do you need to take next.

Like all our free Guides, the Exceptional Lives Special Education Eligibility Guide is written in plain, easy-to-understand language. Click the button below to get started!

The Exceptional Lives team is available to answer any questions you may have along the way. Give us a call at 1-844-354-1212 or send us an email at

This guide will show you the special education eligibility process in Massachusetts. If you live in another state, you may still find this guide helpful. Walking through this guide can give you an idea of what to think about as you and the school work together to see if your child would benefit from special education.